Denis de Kergorlay is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques and holds a law degree from the Université d’Assas. A former lecturer at the Institut International d’Administration Publique in Paris, he was also the cultural attaché at the French Embassy in Thailand.
He returned to France in 1978 to take over the management of the Château de Canisy, his family estate in Normandy, which he has transformed into a private historic site open for prestigious gatherings with an international character (symposia, concerts, seminars). His volunteer activities have included involvement with the humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières for over 10 years.
Comte Denis de Kergorlay's presidency of French Heritage Society began in 2008. He has generously hosted receptions for American and French members in France, and has travelled to many regions throughout the U.S. to participate in FHS Chapter events.
He is also Executive President of Europa Nostra, the European Federation of Heritage NGO’s present in more than forty European countries and President of the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris. He has also served as Vice President of the La Demeure Historique - French heritage organization partner of FHS.